Earth Weave Wool Carpet - LEED Points

LEED Points:

- Low Emitting, Renewable, Manufacturing Distance, Regional Materials, Construction Waste Management.

  • MR Credit 4.1: Recycled Content -- 1 point
    For this credit, the total project must contain 10% (based on cost) recycled content, in a ratio of 2:1 post-consumer to post-industrial recycled content.
  • MR Credit 4.2: Recycled Content -- 1 point in addition to MR credit 4.1
    This credit requires the total project to contain 20% (based on cost) recycled content in a 2:1 ratio of post consumer to post-industrial recycled material.
  • MR Credit 5.1: Regional Materials -- 1 point
    This credit is earned if 10% of the total materials needed for a project are extracted, harvested or recovered, and manufactured within a 500-mile radius. If only a fraction of the material is from the region, that amount by weight will contribute to the regional credit value. (Shipped from Dalton, Georgia)
  • MR Credit 5.2: Regional Materials -- 1 point in addition to MR credit 5.1
    This credit is earned if 20% of a project's total materials meet the criteria outlined in section 5.1.
  • MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials -- 1 point
    To qualify for this credit, 2.5% of the total value of all building materials and products used in the project (based on cost) must come from materials made from plants that are typically harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter. 
  • EQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials: Carpet Systems -- 1 point
    The requirements of this credit are met if all carpet installed in the building interior meets the testing and product requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Plus program. Additionally, all cushion used must qualify for CRI's Green Label program, and all adhesive must meet the prerequisite standards of EQ Credit 4:1 VOC limit of 50 g/L. 
In a lot of cases, LEED does not reward or in fact encourage the implementation of truly sustainable products. For example, in using natural materials versus synthetic. This is an area where a lot of “green washing” has taken place. It seems that the large corporations have been able to influence the program to meet the criteria of the products they produce instead of the other way around. It is not like this in all cases but if one looks closely, these shortcomings are quickly evident. Environmental health and planet welfare are about more than accumulation of “points” and who has the most money to influence policy.